Four. Performing Brèko District

  1. Alex Jeffrey

Published Online: 2 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118278789.ch4

The Improvised State

The Improvised State

How to Cite

Jeffrey, A. (2012) Performing Brèko District, in The Improvised State, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118278789.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 10 OCT 2012

Book Series:

  1. RGS-IBG Book Series

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444336993

Online ISBN: 9781118278789



  • the Brčko District, performing;
  • the state, plural/conflicting performances, strategies after GFAP;
  • improvisations of the state, extending beyond forms of branding;
  • performance, drawing on resources suggestive of durability/intransigence;
  • the Brčko District ‘model,’ alternative political resolution GFAP;
  • enactment of Brčko District, understandings of the nature of statehood;
  • Brčko District and arbitration;
  • international intervention in Brčko, international response to Bosnian conflict;
  • unification of symbols of the District, ‘micro-level humiliation and contempt’;
  • symbolic ‘neutralization’ The Final Award, declaring three official languages


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Brèko District and Arbitration

  • Stability: Getting the Job Done

  • Security: Constructing Legality

  • Neutralization: Making People Think

  • Conclusion